Woman racially abused shop assistant

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
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A woman who racially abused a shop assistant has avoided prison because she was the victim of domestic violence in the past.

Natalie McLaughlin, of Drumard Park, was ordered to write a letter of apology to the shop assistant.

She pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on June 23, last year.

The 29-year-old racially abused a shop assistant in a Foyle Street shop.

No further details about the incident were divulged in open court.

District Judge Barney McElholm imposed a six month probation order with a condition that McLaughlin engage in ‘prejudice reduction work’.

He also ordered the 29-year-old to make a formal apology to the shop assistant.

The judge said the injured party had indicated he would like such an apology and told the defendant this can be done either face to face or in a letter.

He told the 29-year-old this can be done once the probation order if completed, so McLaughlin can show the shop assistant ‘what she has learned so she doesn’t engage in this type of behaviour towards another human being again’.

Judge McElholm said ‘one of the reasons I am not sending you to prison is you have been subject to domestic violence in the past and I take that very much into account’.

However, he warned McLaughlin ‘we can’t have this type of behaviour. Racism is not welcome in this city’.